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When I was a young cub reporter one of the things guaranteed to get you a clip round the ear ( in my day literally, now it would be a virtual one) is to describe a criminal as ‘daring’.
“War heroes are daring, criminals are the scum of the earth,’’ was the refrain from the gnarled old sub editor clutching his brown paper bag containing a can of extra strength cider.
Even so, it’s a temptation that’s hard to resist when you get a raid like the one on the jewellers in Queensgate last week .
Mind you I still live in hope of that story where a gardener stops a raid on an allotment, spots the thieves’ car reg, writes it in the soil with a trowel before digging it over before the cops get there. The intro will go something like this : Quickthinking, green-fingered have-a-g0-hero left redfaced.